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Our Plan
Is Simple

Like you, we love the Nebraska State Fair. That's why we raise money to help fund improvements the fair needs to continue to grow. You, too, can help us build a strong foundation for the future of your Nebraska State Fair.

Buy a raffle ticket for the chance to win a 
2023 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab RST valued at $66,000!

1868 Truck - Front Vent-1

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2024 GMC Sierra 1500 Pro Crew Cab - $53,500 value!

Make An Impact

You have a lot of choices of where to direct your charitable dollars, but we need you today for a successful Nebraska State Fair for tomorrow. Since 2010, the 1868 Foundation has given over $2.1 million in funds for improvements the Fair needed to continue to grow. Take pride in knowing  your gift will provide funding for necessary amenities and essential programming – all of which are crucial to the continued growth of your State Fair.

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executive summary

State Fair Master Planning Process

The master plan’s process was thorough and collaborative, providing a holistic investigation and vision for the campus.




  • The State Fair moved to Grand Island one month before we had our first child. As we have watched our family grow over the last nine years, it has been amazing to see the fair grow with us! We have enjoyed all of the aspects of the fair! We have loved being a part of the growth of the fair and the 1868 Foundation and can’t wait to see the future success!
    Joe & Jen Stump And Family
  • The 1868 Foundation is something I really believe in. All the volunteers, donors and friends that that come in, I’m so happy to be a part of promoting and recognizing these people. Anything the foundation does; if I can be a part of it...I feel really good and it lifts me up.
    Donna Wanitscke
    Legacy Program Donor
  • People … I’ve always enjoyed being around people and the Nebraska State Fair certainly provides that opportunity for me. Whatever I can do to make our guests and visitors experience at the Fair more pleasant and enjoyable, I feel is a calling.
    Ed Meedel
  • Freund Family Foods participates in the Nebraska State Fair and the 1868 Foundation for one very simple reason - you make us feel welcome! We love coming to Grand Island and being a part of the Fair and supporting the 1868 Foundation is just our way of helping an event and community, that has supported us throughout the years. We believe that the Nebraska State Fair and the 1868 Foundation has a bright future and we are very proud to be a partner.
    Lenny & Sue Freund
    Vendor and Blue Ribbon Donor

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